Brendan Cooney, jazz and classical pianist, lives in Philadelphia. Brendan composes scores for old silent films with his project Not-So-Silent-Cinema, plays and composes in his jazz trio The Rhinoceri Trio, and plays in the New River Ensemble. He spends his spare time playing the bluegrass banjo in Noggin Hill. Brendan taught choral and instrumental music for many years at Friends Select School and Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia. He has taught choral and jazz ensembles at Friends Music Camp since 1997. Brendan is a certified instructor of the Taubman Approach to Coordinate Piano Technique. You can read more about his piano teaching on his website Mt. Airy Piano Lessons.
Martha Hyde, clarinetist/composer/vocalist is a multiple woodwind player who has lived in New York City since 1979. In that time her professional career has placed her in venues as varied as St. John the Divine Cathedral, CBGBís, Avery Fisher Hall and the Brooklyn Bridge Anchorage. She appears regularly in Broadway pits and at Radio City Music Hall and has performed with such luminaries as Dizzy Gillespie, Antonio Banderas, Whoopi Goldberg and Vanessa Williams. In this picture she is recording for an art installation called New Adventures in Folklore by the Light Surgeons. She is on several Broadway and Off-Broadway cast albums as well as three recordings with the Gotham Wind Symphony. She teaches woodwinds at the Village Community School, the Ethical Culture School and the Lèman Manhattan School, besides having a thriving private studio. Her compositions span the styles of American jazz and classical and Appalachian music. In the New River Ensemble she can be seen playing clarinet, flute, saxophone and even singing!
Lisa Liske-Doorandish, cellist, lives in the mountains of southwest Virginia, where she is presently preparing an eclectic CD of solo cello music, reflecting her interest in old, new, and world music as well as her love of the voice of the cello. She performs as a soloist and chamber musician, and with New River Ensemble to bring vital performances of music for small and unusual ensembles before the public, including a public that may not usually listen to instruments from the classical tradition. Her book on cello technique and her book of repertoire for beginner cellists will soon be available. Lisa teaches cellists ages 3-adult through her private cello studio, Community Cello Works, with a thoughtful pedagogy based in her years of Suzuki teacher training but including a flexible repertoire and awareness of the revolutionary, diverse approaches to cello playing that are now at liberty world-wide. Her other interests and concerns include the health of the planet; education for wisdom, knowledge, and resourcefulness rather than solely information; and community planning for a post-carbon society. She teaches and performs at workshops around the country.